you can never go wrong with some red white and blue color coordinating, lots of sparklers and some good old patriotic hymns. the fourth is a good one to celebrate. happiest birthday to you, america. we love celebrating you!
some photos from our day yesterday, which we spent here in the city. we made some festive treats at home in the morning and stopped by the new york historical society on the upper west side where they were doing a reenactment with alexander hamilton, soldiers from the revolutionary war, and others and a fun children’s exhibit on american history and new york.
we met up with friends in central park for a picnic later in the day (which we showed up 2 hours late to! i really don’t know how anyone gets anywhere on time with kids and life and everything else. i just don’t know if i’ll ever get to be that punctual person and part of me is so disappointed in the other part of me.) we’ll have to youtube the epic new york fireworks show that happened later on in the evening another day because we like to stick to bedtime routines. come to think of it, THAT is something we are punctual with! because it doesn’t matter if we do bedtime at six thirty or nine thirty, it’s like clock work every morning with those three blessed alarm clocks and waking up for me is still very very hard to do.
a few photos from our day…
before we left the house, i texted my sister who we were meeting up with “fyi, we are getting festive in our red white and blue so don’t make fun.” she texted me back that she and her husband were dressing festive as well (i knew there was a reason we were related!) so it all worked out.
eleanor is very into dressing herself these days and i try my best to just let her do her thing. so when i pulled out a red dress of hers and asked if she wanted to wear it, i wasn’t sure what she’d say. i knew there was a chance this family color coordinating thing might stop this year. and i was right, she didn’t feel like wearing the dress. but she still wanted to coordinate! she wanted to wear her blue and white skirt, but i didn’t have a red or white top for her. it was so adorable though, because as we looked through her drawer together she said, “how about one of your tops?” and so i figured it was worth a try! we grabbed one and i told her as i slipped it over her head that it might be too big, to which she quickly replied, “hmmm. how about a safety pin?!” i freaking love her! so yes, eleanor is wearing my shirt and there is also a little safety pin action going on. thankful we were able to squeeze one more year out of color coordinating before our kids realize this is totally lame and don’t wanna be a part of it anymore! ;)
we tried to make a cream cheese brownie cake and decorate it like an american flag. it really didn’t work out, but we had fun making it!
selfies with the big camera are hard, but i still like this one of us. :)
18 months and the tiniest strip of freckles across his face. oh, conrad. you are so my child. happy summer, baby!
at the new york historical society!
adding his own flag to the mix!
the kids made tricorne hats! eleanor kept hers on pretty much all day.
my entire family enlisted in the army reenactment and learned how to hold a wooden rifle!
it was so cute that conrad wanted to be included and paid such good attention and did everything the man said.
i stole this photo from my friend amanda because i didn’t get a shot of the picnic set up!
hey hannah, thanks for being such a great aunty to my kids! like seriously. i love this photo so much and it says everything. she’s like, STILL SMILING despite being tackled by my child who wants her water bottle. ;)
these kids with their friends all in red white and blue! it’s just the best.
i love samson.
it should be noted that eleanor put those flag stickers in those exact places all on her own.
rosy cheeked and wide eyed right after he woke up from a little stroller nap. i love those sweet cheeks so much.
sparklers with the sun still out are hard to photograph, but we still lit a bunch so the kids could try them out!
all in all, it was a great day. happy birthday to our great country, we feel proud to call this place home.